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SUSPENSION OF ANNUAL ASSESSMENT WORK ON MINING

CLAIMS HELD BY LOCATION

May 13, 1935.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. SMITH of West Virginia, from the Committee on Mines and

Mining, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 1986)

The Committee on Mines and Mining, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1986) for the suspension of annual assessment work on mining claims held by location, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass with the following amendments:

Line 9, page 1, after the words “United States", strike out the words, “including Alaska".

A bill providing for the suspension of annual assessment work on mining claims held by locations in the United States.

Amend the title so as to read:

The provisions of the bill (H. R. 1986), as amended, are identical with the act of May 15, 1934 (Public, No. 226, 73d Cong.), except that it eliminates the Territory of Alaska from the provisions of the bill.

This bill (H. R. 1986) exempts the annual assessment work of $100 per annum on unpatented mining claims for the year ending July 1, 1935, providing the claimant was not a Federal income-tax payer for the taxable year 1934; the bill also limits the exemption to not more than 6 lode-mining claims held by the same person nor more than 12 lode-mining claims held by the same partnership, association, or corporation; as to placer-mining claims, the exemption is limited to 6 claims not exceeding 120 acres in all, held by the same person, and to 12 claims not exceeding 240 acres in all, held by the same partnership, association, or corporation.

The purpose of the bill (H. R. 1986) is to protect the prospector, small claimant, and association of small claimants throughout the quartz and placer-mining areas of the country, from forfeiture of their Claims due to economic conditions over which they have had no control, and it is believed that the limitation of 6 and 12 claims, as provided by the bill, and the provision that no person or association of persons who paid an income tax for the year 1934, will substantially accomplish this purpose.

By reason of the recent advance in the price of both gold and silver, some stimulation in the lode and placer mining industries has developed and this committee is of the opinion that by the end of the period (July 1, 1935), when the instant annual assessment work should be done on unpatented claims, there will be considerable activity in acquiring claims in favorable locations and upon which some development work has previously been done.

In the instance of the small claimant and of the association of small claimants, who have derived no benefit from such advance in the price of gold and silver and who are unable to complete their assessment work by the end of the instant period, great and irreparable injury will result to them in the wholesale "jumping of claims” if this bill is not enacted.

In the great majority of existing unpatented lode-mining and quartz-mining claims, the location is of several years' standing and considerable work and development have been done, and operations and further development retarded, by the conditions above mentioned. It is this class of claimants that this bill is designed to protect.

The Secretary of the Interior, in reporting on the bill (H. R. 1986), said:

While I believe that the conditions generally have improved, especially as to gold and silver mining, I am not advised that there has been such change in the mining localities as to justify denial of the proposed limited relief for the current year.

After calling attention specifically to the above quotation from the Honorable Secretary's report, we submit said report in full.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, January 24, 1935. Hon. JOE L. SMITH, Chairman Committee on Mines and Mining,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. Smith: Reference is made to your letter of January 9, submitting for report copy of H. R. 1986, a bill providing for the suspension of annus Assessment work on mining claims held by location in the United States and Alaska.

By section 2324, Revised Statutes (sec. 28, title 30, U. S. C.), $100 worth of labor must be performed or improvements made upon a mining location each year until patent is issued, and upon failure to comply with this condition, the claim is open to relocation. The bill proposes to suspend this provision for the present year ending July 1, 1935, as to such claimants as are exempt from payment of income taxes for the year 1934, with a limitation on the number of claims and the acreage for which the suspension may be claimed.

Suspension of work for the year ending July 1, 1932, was provided by the acts of June 6, 1932 (47 Stat. 290), and June 30, 1932 (47 Stat. 474); for the year ending July 1, 1933, by the act of May 18, 1933 (48 Stat. 72); and for the year ending July 1, 1934, by the act of May 15, 1934 (48 Stat. 777). While I believe that the conditions generally have improved, especially as to gold and silver mining, I am not advised that there has been such change in the mining localities as to justify denial of the proposed limited relief for the current year. I have, therefore, no objection to the enactment of the measure. Sincerely yours,

HAROLD L. ICKES,

Secretary of the Interior. O

FILING AND INDEXING SERVICE FOR USEFUL

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

May 13, 1935.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. KELLER, from the Committee on the Library, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 4015]

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The Committee on the Library, having had under consideration H. R. 4015, a bill authorizing the establishment of a filing and indexing service for useful Government publications, do respectfully report the same with the recommendation that it do pass, as amended.

Line 5, page 1, strike out "capital G” in the word “Government" and insert in lieu thereof a lower case “g”,

a Line 5, page 1, after the word Government" insert a comma and the words "both State and Federal” and another comma, before the word "publications".

Amend the title so as to read:

A bill authorizing the establishment of a filing and indexing service for useful government publications.

The purpose of this bill is to establish a means for caring for useful Government publications, prepared at considerable Government expense, and which, under the present system, are used very wastefully. We quote from a letter from Secretary Harold L. Ickes, of the Department of the Interior, under date of April 13, 1935.

The purpose of the proposed service is the conservation of Government publications, both Federal and State, and making them more useful by classifying, indexing, and filing them in such manner that they will be well cared for and that publications on any one subject will be easily accessible to persons interested therein.

It is a well-known fact that many useful Government publications which are produced at large initial cost are wasted because no provision is made for their careful preservation in such manner that they are easily accessible to persons interested in the various fields covered by such publications.

If this bill becomes a law an indexing and filing system will be devised and furnished to educational institutions, libraries, corporations, and individuals at a price to cover the cost of the service. Under such an arrangement this proposed service can be operated with practically no cost to the Treasury. In fact, it is believed the service would make Government publications more popular and more useful resulting naturally in a considerable increase in the sale of publications.

The following statement is from the Acting Director of the Bureau of the Budget:

While relatively small increase in Government expenditures involved in this proposed legislation would have no appreciable effect on the financial program of the President, and accordingly would not be in conflict therewith, I am impelled to express my opinion that the present indexes prepared and distributed by the Superintendent of Documents might, if necessary, be amplified to serve the pur. poses of the proposed legislation and thus make it unnecessary to set up another Government agency, with attending expense, to deal with the matter.

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TO AMEND THE MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING STAMP ACT

OF MARCH 16, 1934

May 13, 1935.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. KLEBERG, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 7982)

The Committee on Agriculture to which was referred the bill (H. R. 7982) to amend the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act of March 16, 1934, and certain other acts relating to game and other wildlife administered by the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes, having had the same under consideration report it back to the House without amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.

STATEMENT IN EXPLANATION OF BILL

TITLE I. MIGRATORY-BIRD-HUNTING STAMP

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Existing law requires the migratory-bird-hunting stamp to be adhesively affixed to the applicant's State game license or, if he is exempted from the requirements of a license in his State, to a certificate issued by the postmaster. These requirements not only impose expense and burden upon the Post Office Department but also have had the effect of limiting purchases of the stamps largely to those who propose to hunt migratory waterfowl, and furthermore has in many instances had the effect of limiting sales of the stamps to one stamp to each individual, whereas it has repeatedly happened that an anxious contributor to the migratory-bird-hunting stamp fund, or a stamp collector, neither of whom is a hunter, has wished to procure several of the stamps. And in some States their hunting licenses are so small as not to accommodate the migratory-bird-hunting stamp, or to affix the stamp to the license would obliterate printed matter thereon.

The proposed amendments are designed to simplify and liberalize the issuance of the stamps by the Post Office Department.

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